(b Amsterdam, 25 Apr. 1921; d Zurich, 3 May 2006). Dutch painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, designer, and writer, regarded as the most powerful of the post-war generation of Dutch artists. In 1948 he was a founder of the Cobra group. He moved to Paris in 1950 and by the end of the decade he had gained an international reputation, having travelled widely and won several prestigious prizes. His most characteristic paintings are in an extremely uninhibited and agitated Expressionist vein, with strident colours and violent brushwork applied with very thick impasto.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)